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Visitor information
Opening hours
How to find us
Parking & prices
Contact details

Opening hours

Forest open 7 days a week


Due to the ongoing health emergency all Forestry England recreation sites will close at midnight tonight, 23rd March, until further notice. 
This is to meet the Government’s social distancing guidance and to protect our visitors, staff and tenants.

All facilities including toilets will be closed.




How to find us

How to find us
Whinlatter Pass, Keswick
Sat Nav Postcode: CA12 5TW
By Car

From Keswick, take the A66 west towards Cockermouth. At Braithwaite village, turn west onto the B5292 for Lorton. Follow Whinlatter Visitor Centre signposts for approximately 3 miles


Or go car-free

By Public Transport

We welcome car-free visitors and offer free admission to those arriving by public transport or bike – plan your journey at Good Journey.

During the summer months there is a bus service between Keswick and Whinlatter which gives you the option of travelling via the beautiful Honister Rambler route, route number 77/77A.

Route dates and times may vary so please check the Stagecoach timetable before you travel.

OS Grid Ref

54.6047044, -3.2369404

Parking and prices

All car parks will be closed until further notice as will all facilities including toilets.


Contact details

Welcome to England's only true mountain forest

Whinlatter is home to stunning views, fantastic walks, exhilarating mountain biking, rare wildlife and adventure play.

Set within the Lake District, a World Heritage Site, Whinlatter has unrivalled views across Bassenthwaite Lake, Derwentwater and Keswick. It is also home to the longest purpose-built mountain bike trails in the Lake District. 

The Lakes are a dramatic and unique landscape which has been formed through man’s activities, such as forestry and land management. This landscape has inspired many of the world’s greatest artists, writers and thinkers.

Read our visitor information regarding coronavirus


At a glance

  • 9 walking trails - closed
  • 3 cycling trails - closed
  • Play areas - closed
  • Go Ape - closed 
  • Café - closed
  • Bike hire - closed
  • Tramper/mobility scooter hire - closed
  • Picnic and barbecue areas - closed
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